Write it Down, Make it Happen – Health is No Exception

Good health is a matter of priorities and choice–not mere chance. Of course to a certain extent, genetics and other factors over which we have less control come into the picture, however their impact in the face of our daily choices and ‘consenting’ exposures is minuscule indeed.

There’s a lot of talk about goals and plans and making things happen. The problem is that often that is where it all left: In the talk. Without proper commitment to an objective i.e. a specific and measurable goal, we stay in ‘indecision’–hoping for the best, and when sometimes we fluke it and ‘The best’ suddenly appears we don’t even recognize it because we didn’t know what it looked like to begin with.

1. KNOW WHAT YOU WANT AND YOU WILL GENERALLY GET IT

Clarity leads to power.

Becoming clear about the things we want is very important but really there is nothing more important than becoming clear about what optimum health means to you and the value it bring to your and other people’s lives. You see, it is only in pursing optimum health (read: putting in the effort and prioritizing what is important in your life) that you will be able to ‘be, do, have’ everything else you want in your life.

Set your goals. But most importantly as David Henry Thoreau advocated–“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined”. This is only possible when you add motion, in other words ACTION to the equation. However in ‘going confidently’, Thoreau recommends another key concept and perhaps even more important than the first–do it, ‘in the direction of your dreams’.

2. SURELY YOU DON’T PLAN TO FAIL?

You may ask: What does this have to do with my health? Simple.

Without a clear plan you are likely to keep going around in circles and never really achieve the better health (or other) you wish for.

If you want more energy, freedom from headaches, weight loss, better skin, easy digestion, a clear head, or whatever it is you desire to achieve in regards to your health–the only way you will achieve this is by setting some clear goals about the actions you will begin or stop taking in order to achieve your desired outcome. You will also be forced to clarify to yourself what that picture really looks like. And most likely you will need to get all that information out of your head and finally put it down on paper with clear dates besides each one of the things are you committing to put in place.

Keeping yourself or being kept accountable by your health coach is what helps you turn your dreams into reality, whether you want to achieve goals for your health or in any other area of your life.

3. THE PROCESS

An effective system in place to help you do exactly what you want is paramount. But before you start setting goals you need to become clear about where you are. Measure on a scale of 0-10 (10 = excellent) where you are in each one of the following areas health and physical, spiritual, mental, vocational/career, financial, social and familial. Based on this assessment now you can start to identify where you would like to be and start becoming specific about what that means to you.

Let’s use the example that you rate yourself a 2/10 in the health arena and one of the main issues you identify right now with your health is your energy–even though it is very likely that improving your energy will only bring benefits to you before you set any goals you want to answer a resounding YES to the following questions:

i. Is it really my goal?

ii. It is morally correct and fair?

iii. Are my short-range goals consistent with my long-term goals?

iv. Can I commit myself emotionally to complete the project?

v. Can I visualise myself reaching this goal?

So using the energy example, once you’ve answered yes to the above questions you need to start get your plan in place and one way to do this is to do the following:

A. IDENTIFY THE GOAL

Currently my energy levels are at 3-4/10 and it slumps around lunch time to a 0-1/10. My goal is to Increase my energy levels to a consistent 8-9/10.

B. SET A DEADLINE FOR ACHIEVEMENT

By 30th August 2008

C. LIST THE OBSTACLES TO OVERCOME

:: Laziness to get out of bed in the morning to exercise;
:: Laziness about preparing and organising my healthy food menu for the week;
:: Not wanting to prioritise getting organised for the week;
:: Poor time management meaning I end up eating too late and as a consequence stay up too late and don’t get enough sleep;
:: Not wanting to go shopping for healthy food;
:: Not wanting to cut our sugar, chocolate, starchy foods, coffee etc;
:: Forgetting to eat every 3 hours
:: Forgetting (on purpose) to take my energizing herbs and supplements;
:: Healthy food is boring.

D. IDENTIFY THE PEOPLE, GROUPS AND ORGANIZATIONS YOU NEED TO WORK WITH

:: My naturopath–to keep me accountable and direct me towards making better health choices as well as providing expertise on how and what supplements will give the best results for my health; She can also give me food suggestions, shopping lists etc;
:: Find a training buddy to ensure I get to the gym no matter what (or a personal trainer);
:: Organic fruit, veg. and meat delivery service to take the stress out of shopping;

E. LIST THE SKILLS AND THE KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED TO REACH YOUR GOAL

:: Learn how to cook tasty healthy meals;
:: Learn how to organise my foods;
:: Create a realistic plan I can follow;
:: Get ideas of what to eat and how to prepare it.

F. DEVELOP A PLAN OF ACTION

:: On Saturday or Sunday spend half an hour organising the menu for the weeks to come. Every meal must be accounted for;
:: Create shopping list;
:: Go shopping;
:: Cook 2-3 healthy meals I can have during the week. Freeze some portions for minimal preparation later;
:: Get a thermal food bag and put in all your meals/portions for the entire day next to your desk;
:: Add nutrients to the bag, so supplements can be taken during the day;
:: Set an alarm to ring every 3 hours to initially remind me to eat until I get ‘the hang of it’;
:: Help keep training partner motivated–by showing up on time each morning and being enthusiastic about the results you will both soon see.

G. LIST THE BENEFITS–WHAT IS IN IT FOR ME?

:: Feel amazingly energetic;
:: Be more productive and get more done in other areas of my life;
:: Healthily manage my weight;
:: Feel more in control of my health;
:: Be more organised;
:: Save money by preparing healthy food at home and taking it to work and reduce eating unhealthy take-away food;
:: Know how to cook great tasting, healthy food;
:: Properly nourish my cells;
:: AND THE LIST GOES ON…!

Copyright 2008. Gabriela Rosa. All Rights Reserved

Making Resolutions For Better Health

Resolutions and changes can be made any time of the year, not just New Years. Some of us want to lose something: a few pounds or a bad habit; and some of us want to gain something: health, knowledge, a new skill, or happiness. But if we want to see change happen in our world, we have to start with ourselves. That leaves us with the daunting task of not just declaring resolutions for change, but actually meeting our goals and making the changes a permanent part of our lives.

How do we create a better environment for success? Here are a few tips on creating a new and improved you.

Find support. Seek out the encouragement of people who have your best interests at heart. Go to the gym or hit the trail with a fitness buddy. Share your strengths as well as your weaknesses. Having someone in your corner to hold you accountable for the goals you have set for yourself will help you through the times when you are feeling less than inspired.

Find a professional. Whether it be a personal trainer or fitness instructor, business or personal coach, counselor or healthcare professional, these professionals want you to succeed and will give you the appropriate instruction or therapies for your own individual needs. For example, following the latest fad diet may not only be unsuccessful, but it could be unhealthy as well. Seek the advice and counsel of a professional for your safety and success. Make an investment in your success.

What are you thinking? Much of our success is rooted in a strong positive outlook toward the future. If you believe you can meet your goals, then you probably will. Try to project how much better you and your life will be if you succeed in meeting those goals. What does that feel like? Stay with that feeling for as long as possible. Thought and emotion together create feeling, which is a powerful vector for creating what we want in our lives. Science shows that how we feel creates a shift in the bio-chemical makeup of our bodies.

What are you not thinking? Nearly 90 percent of our behavior is governed by our subconscious mind. So we may not even be aware of beliefs hiding in our subconscious thoughts, some of which may be sabotaging our success. This is where a good hypnotherapist or a paraliminal CD program may be helpful. Once we uncover, remove, and replace those old, limiting subconscious beliefs, we may find that the path to reach our goals is much clearer.

Stay positive. Focus on your successes. You may have setbacks along the way, but don’t dwell on them. Use those setbacks as a guidance system to know where more effort is needed. Focus on the success of others. Being an encourager for someone else will also give you the energy and positive mindset to be more successful in reaching your own goals. Create a positive environment and surround yourself with positive people. Be sincerely grateful for your own achievements as well as the achievements of those around you.

Read success stories. Seeing how others have beaten the odds and achieved their goals is inspiring. Focusing on real-life success stories can give you the edge you need to reach your own goals. Learn from these valuable teachers!

Most of us are unaware of the power we have within us to create positive and lasting change in our own lives. Often, we waste energy on thoughts and actions that do not serve us or our environment well. Make a conscious effort to shift your energies and efforts toward positive and lasting change. The positive changes we create within ourselves will ultimately change the world.

The only real limits that exist are those we create for ourselves.

Absolutely anything is possible!

RFID in The Hospital Setting

Radio Frequency Identification is used everywhere and usually we don’t give it a second thought. RFID offers a hands-free and secure way to keep track of assets, personnel and even parking spot availability and in the health care sector, it even helps to keep us safe.

When a newborn makes his or her first appearance in a hospital, there is suddenly a new patient to take care of. What came in as one is now two or sometimes three. It used to be that these babies were taken out of the mother’s room, cleaned up and put into a nursery to be taken care of by the staff. Times changed and nowadays those babies stay with their mother, usually right in the same room. They have to be identified though, as they are patients, and this required a wrist or ankle bracelet. Today, RFID allows these babies not only to be tagged, but also to be kept in the authorized area with the authorized personnel. The tags they wear are embedded with ‘tags’, tiny things that can be read by readers posted on all exits. Once the baby is taken past the doors, the alarm will sound. This not only keeps the babies in their rightful place but it also makes it easier to track where each baby is at any given time.

With hospitals being so large, they are always very busy places. Not only is there the staff to consider, but also the patients and the visitors or people who are waiting for these patients. Today, RFID technology makes keeping track of patients easy. Each one gets an identification bracelet that allows the staff to track their progress whether they are in the waiting area, in the ER, in the OR and even in their rooms. This is especially helpful for those patients that have a tendency to wander and helps the staff keep tabs on who is on which floor at any given time, all with a touch of a button.

Another way RFID technology is revolutionizing the hospital setting is with staff badges or wristbands that allow them, at the swipe of a reader, to access authorized places in the hospital or health care setting. This keeps out those who don’t belong and, when every second counts, it gets those needed people into the areas they need to be quickly, hands free and automatically.

RFID technology is all around us, and in our health care settings, whether they are hospitals, nursing homes or clinics. With just tags, readers and software you have created a safe environment for all.

Read About the Various Types of Disposable Gloves

Disposable gloves are used for a variety of purposes. They can be purchased in different sizes. They are quite useful for people working in various types of industries. Those people who are engaged in cooking and cleaning usually wear this protection gear. While cleaning commercial or residential buildings, people come into contact with lot of chemicals in the cleaning products. Such chemicals may irritate their skin. Usage of gloves will help us to avoid such skin irritations.

Non-sterile gloves are widely used by barbers, beauticians, tattoo artists etc. For choosing the right disposable gloves for your application, you have to identify the most common types of protection wear and the materials used for manufacturing them. Main materials used for manufacturing the disposable wear are nitrile, vinyl and latex.

Nitrile gloves offer good sensitivity, dexterity and excellent resistance to chemicals. They also offer excellent tear and puncture resistance. So, they are most commonly used by cleaning staffs and mechanics. These gloves are not used in food or medical industries. Vinyl gloves are another important type of disposable wear. These are made from Polyvinyl Chloride Plastisol. They are quite inexpensive when compared to latex and nitrile disposable gloves. Vinyl gloves are widely used in the food industry.

Latex gloves are commonly used by people in the medical field. These products are mainly used in health care settings like clinics, hospitals and doctor’s offices. These gloves provide good protection from blood borne pathogens and other types of biohazards. Various health care professionals such as physicians, nurses, surgeons, dentists and emergency medical technicians use latex gloves while working with patients. These are considered as the most common disposable gloves. Latex gloves possess many good characteristics like strength, protection against infections and dexterity. These gloves are quite expensive and so they are not widely used for various applications.

It is very much easy to purchase disposable gloves. They are available in all stores. You can also order these products online. The gloves are available in four different sizes such as small, medium, large and extra large. They are also available in one size that fits all. Certain types of disposable gloves cause some allergic reactions in some people. So, while choosing disposable gloves, you must clearly understand the material used in the product. Nowadays, disposable gloves are used for industrial, commercial, fashion and medical purposes. These gloves are designed for one-time use only. After usage, you must take care to dispose them properly.